Doval leaves SCO midway on Pakistan propping up “fake” map

16th September 2020

16th September 2020

During the virtual meeting of the National Security Advisors (NSA) of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Pakistan introduced a “fictitious” map of India. After which India protested this move of Islamabad and left the meeting mid-way.  India was represented by Ajit Doval.

The Indian representatives held a discussion with the host Russia and then walked out of the NSA's meeting. 

About this move of Pakistan, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, “blatant disregard to host Russia's advisory”.

In its statement, MEA said, “at the meeting of National Security Advisers of member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization today, hosted by the Chair of the SCO (Russia), the Pakistani NSA deliberately projected a fictitious map that Pakistan has recently been propagating.”

MEA further said, “this was in blatant disregard to the advisory by the host against it and in violation of the norms of the meeting. After consultation with the host, the Indian side left the meeting in protest at that juncture. Pakistan then went on to present a misleading view of this meeting.”

As per the reports of ANI, a news agency, sources of the government said that 'Russia has termed Pakistan’s act as “provocative” while clarifying that Moscow does not support it.'

According to the sources, it has been conveyed by Secretary of the National Security Council of the Russian Federation, Nikolai Patrushev that Russia is not in the favour of Pakistan.

Sources also added that Russia has said, “hopes Pakistan’s provocative act will not affect India’s participation in SCO and definitely not cast any shadow on Patrushev’s warm personal relationship with (the Indian) NSA. Secretary of National Security Council of Russian Federation hopes to see NSA at forthcoming events.”

The "fictitious" map in question represented the borders of India and Pakistan inaccurately.

On August 4, Pakistan had released a new political map representing Indian union territories as its own including Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir and some parts of Gujarat.

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